UPDATE: Passenger, commuter railroads resume service on Wednesday

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Amtrak issued a statement late Tuesday evening that it would operate a modified schedule along the Northeast Corridor for much of Wednesday morning.
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NEW YORK — After a near 24-hour shutdown, passenger and commuter rail systems are gradually returning to normal early Wednesday after 12 to 20 inches of snow blanketed much of the Northeast Tuesday morning.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority managers announced that above-ground subway and limited Metro-North services were restored late Tuesday evening with express subway service on the New York City transit set to resume by 7 a.m. or earlier on all lines today.

Metro-North operated a limited schedule late Tuesday night after suspending all of its service for most of Tuesday morning and afternoon.

The Long Island Rail Road, which was one of the few passenger systems to stay open, is continuing to operate its full schedule with only moderate delays across the network.

In Connecticut, commuter rail service on the New Haven and Shore Line East lines resumed full schedules on Wednesday morning after state leaders lifted a travel ban that was in place for much of Tuesday.

NJ Transit echoed similar statements of its passenger rail partners in that it expected its rail service to gradually return to normal levels on Wednesday morning.

A late season snow storm ended up dumping between 12 and 20 inches of snow from southeastern Pennsylvania to Maine. On Tuesday night, the New York Times reported that as much as 30 inches of snow fell along the New York-Pennsylvania border near the Catskill Mountains on Tuesday.

For it's part, Amtrak announced limited departures on all lines Wednesday except the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited and the Vermonter while crews clear snow and debris from those tracks.

The Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited did not operate east of Pittsburgh in either direction Tuesday, but is running its normal route today.

On Tuesday, the Maple Leaf to and from Toronto was only one of two Empire Service trains to operate south of Albany-Rensselaer, while other services including the eastbound Lake Shore Limited was halted there. Wednesday, a few New York-Albany round-trips were cancelled, but other trains are operating normally. The westbound Lake Shore is running today from New York but yesterday’s inbound train from Chicago was cancelled. The New York-Rutland, Vt. Ethan Allen Express originated southbound at Albany-Rensselaer but will go northbound to Rutland this afternoon.

About every other Acela Express has been cancelled over the entire New York-Boston Route Wednesday along with some Northeast Regional trains and New Haven-Springfield, Mass., shuttles east of New York.

Meanwhile, all Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority Downeasters from Boston to Portland and Brunswick, Maine, are operating today despite almost 18 inches on the ground in Portland; only two round-trips were cancelled on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Full details on Amtrak routes. March 15, 2017, 12:14 p.m. Central time.

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